Vermont Manufacturing Sector and Aerospace & Aviation Association

Aerospace, Aviation and Manufacturing in Vermont


According to the Economic Impact on Civil Aviation on the U.S. Economy study done by the FAA in December 2009, the economic impact of civil aviation alone for the state of Vermont includes:

  • $999,609,827 in economic output
  • $257,573,811 in earnings
  • 9,369 jobs

Aviation and Aerospace combined represent a $2 billion industry in Vermont. To capitalize on this market opportunity, the Vermont Chamber’s Aerospace and Aviation Association (VAAA), founded in 2006,  a division of the Vermont Chamber, chaired by VAAA Chair Brian Dubie, ASA, Co. US AF, 78th Lt. Governor, US dept. of Commerce International Trade Advisory Committee and Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy, Honorary VAAA Chair, is committed to promoting economic growth and job creation in aerospace, aviation and related manufacturing sectors of Vermont’s economy.

To accomplish this, VAAA, which represents and serves a network of over 250 manufacturers and supply chain partners, offers a suite of services and key benefits of membership and initiatives:

Key Benefits of Membership:


  • Access to key decision makers
  • Access to state & government officials and Vermont's Congressional Delegation
  • Access to supply chain, procurement and sourcing opportunities with industry leaders, primes, sub primes and government  contractors: BAE Systems, Bombardier, Boeing, GE Aviation, GE Canada, General Dynamics, Electric Boat and Bath Iron Works, Goodrich, Lockheed Martin, Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NAVSEA), Northrop Grumman, QinetiQ North America, Raytheon, Rockwell Collins, Rolls-Royce, Sikorsky and U.S. Army RDECOM, to name a few.
  • New & emerging trends, technologies, best practices and quarterly communications and updates
  • Policy development legislative efforts to reduce taxes, promote economic growth and key initiatives, such as the F-35A Joint Strike Fighter
  • Matchmaking Events
  • Online directory and resources
  • Networking
  • Trusted referrals and introductions

Vermont Sectors and Clusters:


  • Advanced Ceramics, Carbon Composites, Electronics, Electrical Controls, Information Technology (Security), Metal Fabrication & Welding, Painting, Coating & Finishing, Plastics & Polymers, Precision Machining (production & prototype), Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul, Robotics, Sensors & Integrated systems, and Semiconductors

Industries Served:


    • Aerospace, Aviation, Automotive, Defense, Energy Services, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Engineering Services, Industrial, Medical Device Manufacturing, Optics, Research & Development, Telecommunications